Friday, January 28, 2011

Prepared



For Christmas I bought Justice a couple of books on Noah’s Ark from Vision Forum.

http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/?productid=44876

http://www.visionforum.com/browse/product/?productid=44862

They have been great, -fun to read; - he loves looking at the pictures, and they have really gotten to me thinking about the story we all know in a new way.
There was a part of the book that really stuck with me.


“The door of the ark had been open since it was built, -perhaps for a number of years, a standing invitation for anyone to enter in and be saved from the coming catastrophe. But no one outside of Noah’s family came because no one believed. Mercifully, the door was open those last seven days, but what are seven days to years?...... Finally, on the seventh day, God shut the door.”

(Jesus said in John 10:9 “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved”…..)

The ark was open for ANYONE to come in. The other’s didn’t, because they couldn’t imagine what Noah said happening. – They couldn’t picture life changing. They continued eating and drinking, as if things had always be the same, and always would be. It is a foolish man who limits his vision to what he can see.

If I were to sum up with one word what God did in my heart last year, it was ‘preparation’.
I didn’t see it at the time.

The last three posts on my family blog talk about three practical areas of my life in which I grew last year. – Now I want to share something else from last fall.
All my life I have enjoyed being fairly up on the news, politics, currents events, and enjoyed talk radio. Last year I quite enjoying it. The things that were happening, - the people involved, the more I learned of history; the hard core facts, the things I was see with my own eyes, hearing with my own ears, - it overwhelmed me.


All last summer I struggled. – I wanted to shut it off, shut it out, ignore it. But I knew that wouldn’t change anything. On one hand I felt like I was watching the fall of my country, - my America, and wondering if it was the beginning of the end of the world as I knew it. On the other hand, - I just desperately wanted to clean all the windows in the house before the baby came.

How to reconcile the thought of an impending’ flood’, - with nesting and nurturing, and planning long term for the children I am bringing into the world?

I know a lot of women who choose to just shut out the outside world, - and even feel it is the best idea, - so they can be focused on the ‘jobs at hand’. I wonder what they feel that job really is. – Aren’t we supposed to be raising ark builders? But I’m getting ahead of myself.

It wasn’t until last fall when I was actually watching a short video clip online that discussed women and self defense that I had a huge ‘A-HA’ moment.
The man was saying that to be prepared for an attack, - you should actually visualize the attack happening, and feel the emotion- the righteous indignation, - and use that as fuel as you then use practiced skills to ward off the attacker. That if you had not prepared, - that you would probably be paralyzed in shock and fear.

I had never thought about it before. – Seriously. – To me, even imagining being mugged, or an attempt at rape was horrible, - and I never wanted to even think about it. – I tried to be wise, and never put myself in a dangerous position, (I never parked in dark alleys, - wave fistfuls of cash around arms, I keep to well lighted populated areas etc) but in that one second I realized all I had done was prevention, - but I was not prepared.

In you only act in prevention, - you are still relying on external circumstances or people to control the actions of the attacker(who you know is evil), and you are still a victim.
– If you prepare, - you assume you will be attacked, and practice how to handle it effectively. You are no longer a victim, - because you have the power, knowledge and skills from preparation.

I think the way I thought about a mugging is how many Christian Americans have lived their lives. – They work, - they pray, they love, they raise their families, - pay their bills, they vote for the right people, support the right causes, - they do ‘all the right things’ they are busy with their lives. None of us has really, really wanted to think about how quickly it could all change.

Do you really think that our economic system, our society, our freedoms – our very way of life is going to be the same in ten years?

Really? – Does your life show what you believe? ARE YOU PREPARED???

This fall I was incredibly invigorated, inspired, and terrified. I was overwhelmed by what needed to be done. But I felt that finally I had a sense of the bigger picture, - a balanced picture.

This was not about preparing for Y2K. Though I did begin to learn and plan for food storage. This was not about preparing for a ‘ Red Dawn’ attack, though I do try to stay abreast of international events, and talk to Justice about other countries, what is happening in them and plan to teach him other languages.
This is not about preparing for a cataclysmic event that forces us to live off the land, and live in communes, though I have been trying to learn more about herbs and self sufficiency.

This is about being the women we are called to be. – PREPARED! – I realized it summed up a godly wife and mother.

Everything God brought into my life last year from beginning to end, - organizing my office, gardening, canning, freezer meals, herbal healing, being pregnant, food storage….  All of it tied back to a basic, simple idea. Being, PREPARED.

Do you know what you are having for super tonight? – Seriously. Tonight. If you don’t, I’m guessing you feel a little guilty. – It is built into us to want to ever be better planning, organizing, - being more prepared.
If your baby gets an ear infection in the middle of Saturday night do you know what to do? Do you have lesson plans for this week for your homeschooling? If a neighbor or friend gets sick do you have a meal to bring them? How many lists have you written in the last week? If something goes on sale really cheap do you stock up?

Isn’t your WHOLE life spent preparing for the next meal, the next event, the next grocery trip, the next thing? This is why we carry purses, diaper bags, AND have an extra diaper and lip gloss stashed in the car. We carry water bottles, extra sweaters, and pack 6 pairs of shoes for a weekend. Have you ever had your husband try to pack your family for a trip? - Then you know, - THIS is what God designed us to do!! 

We naturally think of every contingency, every scenario, and can react one of two ways, we can shrink in fear, or act decisively with courage. So much of the Proverbs 31 woman boils down to the fact that she prepares. It is what she does, - who she is. – Not out of fear, - she has no need to fear, - FOR she has prepared. – She has thought it out, planned ahead, given 110%, worked hard and is a blessing to her family and a priceless asset to her husband.

This is the calling of the New Testament believer. – Being always with a ready answer… ready to share our hope and purpose, ready, PREPARED for the coming of our Lord.

That is the purpose of this blog. You ladies know me. I hope you know that I am not advocating charging ahead of our husbands, wasting our families, time and money. I am not saying that everyone has to grow their own food, learn herbal healing , have years of food storage, etc.
But as wives we are blessed with the running of our households, - and we currently live in a free society where we can access any information at anytime we want. – You buy the food, cook the meals, get the clothes, plan the days, teach the lessons, run the home - this is our life!

In our attempts to be better organized, better planned, more prepared, let us not forget why we are doing it all.
We are here in a lost and dying world. We stand like Noah, in a world that refuses to see the coming judgment. They will eat and drink until their world comes crashing down.
The door is open.......for just a little longer.


1 comment:

  1. Goood word! I have been challenged on preparing in the Word. We have been talking about other countries where you cannot have Bibles. And a friend was telling me about another Mother of 4 boys under 6 and the several chapters of Scripture they have memorized. That is something I can work on right now.

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